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Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini makes an excellent side dish. Pair this healthy vegetable with thick and juicy pork chops, tender grilled chicken or just about anything else you can toss over an open flame. It’s hearty enough to forgo the meats all together and can even […]

One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

What’s for dinner tonight? Let’s take it nice and easy and whip up a batch of One-Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo! You’re gonna love this recipe for SO many reasons. First off it’s fast and easy to make which means it’s perfect for a busy weeknight […]

Meatball Sub Casserole

Meatball Sub Casserole

Looking for the ultimate party food to feed a hungry crowd? Or maybe you just need a new and exciting weeknight family dinner recipe? Well Meatball Sub Casserole is kinda both! This easy oven meal is savory and SO delicious. If you’re a meatball sub lover, you’re gonna be hooked on this one. I promise. All the best parts of meatball subs join forces to create this one of a kind, tasty dinner. The best part? You can even make the meatballs ahead of time to cut down on the prep work. Get ready to be the hero of dinner tonight!

Here’s all you’ll need: green onions, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, ground beef, French bread, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning, pepper, mozzarella, spaghetti sauce, garlic, and parsley.

Meatball Sub Casserole ingredients list

Let’s get started on those mini meatballs! In a medium sized bowl, combine the green onions, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Green onions lend a nice, mild flavor to these tasty lil meatballs.

Green onions, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese mixed together in a medium sized bowl.

Add the beef and mix well. Go ahead and roll up those sleeves. Everybody knows the best tool for mixing meatballs is your two. bare. hands!

Ground beef is added to the green onions, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and then mixed well.

Next shape the meat mixture into 1-inch balls. A cookie scoop with help to keep the batch nice and uniform, but you’re more than welcome to freestyle it. Isn’t it crazy how even meatballs are cuter when they’re mini sized!?! Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray and place the meatballs on top. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.

Looking to save a little time? Swap out for frozen pre cooked meatballs. Or you can even make our mini version ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to assemble the Meatball Sub Casserole.

!-inch mini meatballs placed on a baking tray lined with aluminum foil.

While the meatballs are baking, we can get rolling on the rest of this casserole. Chop the French bread into 1-inch cubes. Place them in the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish. Day old French Bread works best for Meatball Sub Casserole. It’ll keep the casserole from getting too soggy.

1-inch French bread cubes placed on the bottom of a 13X9" casserole dish.

Mix together the softened cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and pepper in a small bowl. We don’t want any cream cheese clumps. The mixture should be smooth and creamy.

Cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning, and pepper mixed together in a small bowl.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over top of the cubed bread. Then top with 1/2 a cup of mozzarella because who doesn’t love a hidden layer of cheese??? Seriously!!!

The cream cheese mixture is spread over the bread cubes, then topped with mozzarella cheese.

In a large bowl, add the spaghetti sauce (Chef’s is our local favorite!), water and garlic. Mix well to combine then add in the meatballs. Pour the sauce mixture over the bread. Yep! All of it. Try to spread out those meatballs if you can.

Meatballs and sauce spread over top of the bread cubes in a 13X9" dish.

And of course Meatball Sub Casserole wouldn’t be complete without a top layer of cheese!! Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella to cover the casserole. Bake uncovered, in a 350 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. The cheese should be melted and the casserole heated through.

Mozzarella layered on top of the meatballs in a 13X9" casserole dish.

Garnish with parsley and let’s dig in! Absolutely, positively, 100% delicious!!! Look at all that cheesy goodness!!  I feel a food coma coming on! If you’re digging this recipe, you’ll seriously love our Pizza Zucchini Casserole too.

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Meatball Sub Casserole

February 26, 2019
: 6-8
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 loaf (1-lb)French bread
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 jar (20 oz) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
Directions
  • Step 1 In a medium sized bowl, combine the green onions, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Add the beef and mix well.
  • Step 2 Shape the meat mixture into 1-inch balls. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray and place the meatballs on top. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.
  • Step 3 Chop the French bread into 1-inch cubes. Place them in the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish.
  • Step 4 Mix together the softened cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and pepper in a small bowl. Spread the cream cheese mixture over top of the bread cubes. Top with 1/2 a cup of mozzarella.
  • Step 5 In a large bowl, add the spaghetti sauce, water and garlic. Mix well to combine then add in the meatballs. Pour the sauce mixture over the bread.
  • Step 6 Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella to cover the casserole. Bake uncovered, in a 350 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Garnish with parsley if desired. Enjoy!

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Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

I’m loving my pressure cooker right now in case you haven’t noticed. It’s perfect for weeknight meals because it gets dinner on the table SO fast and with very little fuss. Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs are proof positive! The pressure quickly tenderizes the meat […]

Pear & Sausage Rigatoni

Pear & Sausage Rigatoni

If ever there were a dish that tastes like Fall, this is it! Pear & Sausage Rigatoni is a truly unique combination of flavors and textures. A delicious mix of sweet, savory, creamy and even crunchy make this rustic pasta dish an instant hit. There’s […]

Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole

Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole

Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole is a staple on the dinner menu rotation in our house! It’s SOOO good!!! But it’s also SOOO easy!! If you’re tired of all those boring steamed vegetable side, then this recipe is for YOU!! This super versatile side dish goes with pretty much any meal. This crowd pleasing recipe will be your new go to for weeknight dinners, holiday meals, and family potlucks. Everyone loves it! Frozen veggies make this creamy casserole a breeze to throw together. This colorful dish is loaded with flavor. Topped buttery Ritz crackers, Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole really has that homestyle cooking feel.  Eating your vegetables never tasted so good!

Here’s all you’ll need: frozen mixed vegetables, onion, celery, cheddar cheese, mayo, Ritz crackers and butter. Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole ingredients list

In a large bowl combine the mixed vegetables, chopped onion and celery, shredded cheese, and mayo. The addition of fresh celery and onion gives this dish a surprising crunch. I love using a low-fat version of mayo or the mayo with olive oil (my absolute favorite!) to cut down on some of the fat. But it’s all about personal preference here. I know people can be picky about their mayo. Everyone pretty much has one brand that they stick with!

In a large bowl combine the mixed vegetables, chopped onion and celery, shredded cheese, and mayo.

Stir to combine and mix well. Get those veggies nice and coated and make sure the cheese is spread throughout. Spread into a greased 1-1/2 quart casserole dish. Look at all those colorful vegetables!! This dish is jam-packed with carrots, peas, corn, and green beans. All of my favorites!!

Mix well. Spread into a greased 1-1/2 quart casserole dish. 

Next we need to make the Ritz cracker topping. This is my favorite part of the dish! We need 3/4 cup of crushed crackers which works out to be about 18 crackers. You can use a food processor to crush, I mean if you’re that every day basic type. But if you’re lazy and hate the extra dishes (like me!) just add the crackers to a Ziploc bag and smoosh em! I love handing this part off to a kiddo. My niece Jenna goes nuts trying to crush and smoosh every last cracker. Just makes sure the bag is sealed tight!!! You won’t believe some of the creative ways she’s come up with to get the job done…like stepping on the bag. That kid cracks me up!

Add 18 crackers to a ziploc bag or food processor and lightly crush.

Then melt the butter and add to the crushed crackers. Stir it all up to combine. If you really wanna walk on the wild side swap out the Ritz crackers for Cheez Its! Yum!!!! The would go great with the cheddar cheese! Trying it next time!

Melt the butter and add to the crushed crackers. Stir to combine.

Next sprinkle the cracker mixture on top of the casserole. I like to go just around the edges and leave the middle open. That way people can see what they’re getting themselves into! Plus it makes it pretty! Bake uncovered in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. This recipe is great on the reheat too. The flavors don’t change and the veggies aren’t soggy! What more can you ask for?

Sprinkle the cracker mixture on top of the casserole.

Serve hot and bubbly! Seriously so good!! Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole needs to be on your table tonight!! You can thank me later. Our Smoky Roasted Cauliflower is another great way to eat your veggies!

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Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole

April 13, 2018
: 6
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup crushed Ritz crackers (about 18 crackers)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl combine the mixed vegetables, chopped onion and celery, shredded cheese, and mayo. Stir to combine.
  • Step 2 Spread into a greased 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.
  • Step 3 Crush about 18 Ritz crackers. Mix in the melted butter. Sprinkle over the top of casserole.
  • Step 4 Bake uncovered in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Serve hot and bubbly. Enjoy!

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